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Poster: cream-puff-war Date: Dec 11, 2008 10:09pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Nixon '68 Campaign Commercial w/ Jerry


it must have been Jerry's Uncle Sam hat that caught Nixon's eye - I'd bet he didn't know anything about Jerry, and didn't know his name.

Didn't his staff have to brief Nixon (before the photo-op White House meeting) on who Elvis Presley was?

"On the morning of December 21st, 1970, Elvis Presley delivered a hand-written letter on American Airlines stationary to a security guard at the North West gate of the White House.

In that letter, Presley stated that he wanted to meet with President Nixon and give him a gift. He also stated that he wanted to help with the War On Drugs.

Nixon agreed to meet."

December 21, 1970

Nixon meets Elvis Presley

On this day in 1970, rock star Elvis Presley is greeted at the White House by President Richard M. Nixon. Presley’s visit was not just a social call: He wanted to meet Nixon in order to offer his services in the government’s war on drugs.

Three weeks earlier, Presley, who wanted to distance himself from rock-and-roll’s unseemly association with drug use and the counterculture, had met Nixon’s vice president, Spiro Agnew, in Palm Springs, California and offered to use his celebrity status to help promote the administration’s anti-drug campaign. Presley then flew to Washington, checking into a hotel under an alias on December 20.
The next day, he and two of his bodyguards proceeded to the White House gates, where Presley handed the guard a handwritten letter. In the letter, Presley told Nixon he did not associate or agree with the "Drug Culture, hippie elements," student protestors and "Black Panthers," whom he believed hated America. He declared that he wanted nothing but to "help the country out" and asked to be designated a "federal agent-at-large."

The guard immediately recognized Presley, but followed protocol and asked for permission to send him on to the White House. He apparently was not searched before being granted admission: Upon meeting Nixon he presented the president with a gift--a World War II-era Colt .45 pistol.

The two were photographed shaking hands, Nixon in a conservative suit and tie and Elvis wearing tight purple velvet pants and an open-collared shirt with jeweled chains, a purple velvet cape slung over his shoulders and an enormous belt buckle.
Nixon and "The King" exchanged pleasantries and agreed that "those who use drugs are in the vanguard of American protest."
Presley again reiterated his desire to do whatever he could to help influence young people and fellow musicians to reject drugs and anti-Americanism. At the conclusion of the brief meeting, Presley surprised Nixon with a hug.

On December 31, Nixon wrote a thank-you note to Presley for the gift of the pistol and for visiting him at the White House. He said nothing about enlisting Presley’s aid in the war on drugs, however. The administration’s ambivalence about the idea was illustrated in his aides’ correspondence at the time.
In an inter-office White House memo dashed off the morning of December 21, the day of Presley’s impromptu White House visit, Nixon’s aide Dwight Chapin suggested that Elvis not be "pushed off on the vice president," but be introduced directly to Nixon.

He further noted that if Nixon wanted to meet "bright young people outside the Government, Presley might be the one to start with."
Aide H.R. Haldeman responded: "you must be kidding."

In the end, Nixon never offered Elvis an official position in his administration’s war on drugs.

--History channel

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Poster: SkyDawg Date: Dec 12, 2008 1:13am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Nixon '68 Campaign Commercial w/ Jerry

Nixon didn't have to know their name to not like someone, and if he DID know your name you'd better watch your ass! Look at what he tried to do to John Lennon! It took a whole lot less than a picture of a drugged out hippie in a Uncle Sam hat to earn Nixon's wrath. A more paranoid and vengeful man never held the office. And if you took a political position contrary to Nixon's and he knew your name you should REALLY watch your ass! At the very least you might expect to have your phones tapped or your taxes audited. It could also include arrest,imprisonment or even being shot by the National Guard. As Hunter S. Thompson wrote one time: "It was the Age of Nixon. It was a time to keep your head down." One of Jerry's many smart traits was to "remember his hippie training." Unlike John Lennon, he kept his head down. "It ain't no luck. I learned to duck!"
I would guess Nixon HAD heard of Elvis though. Nixon was a "50's" kind of a guy and he probably remembered Elvis stirring all those young people up with all that evil rock and roll music when he was vice president. Elvis got drafted and had an attitude adjustment, but he left an impression. "Who needs him?" was probably what he thought. He already had plenty of good help in his war on drugs and his war on the counter-culture. He had J.Edgar Hoover, the Nixon founded D.E.A. and his own black bag operatives for that...but I'll bet Nixon was only too happy to take a campaign contribution from Elvis along with the pistol. He even gave him an honorary D.E.A. badge.

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Poster: snori Date: Dec 12, 2008 2:44am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Nixon '68 Campaign Commercial w/ Jerry

Much of Thompson's best writing - full-on sarcasm and razor-sharp vitriole - is on the subject of Richard Milhous Nixon. Check out 'The Great Shark Hunt'.

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Poster: SkyDawg Date: Dec 12, 2008 9:15am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Nixon '68 Campaign Commercial w/ Jerry

Here is Hunter Thompson's obituary of Richard M Nixon.

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Poster: bluedevil Date: Dec 12, 2008 9:18am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Nixon '68 Campaign Commercial w/ Jerry

And to tie it back to the boys, Rock Scully and Bob Haldemann shared a cell at Lompoc. Rock would play GD and JGB to piss him off, but eventually Haldemann came to like some of the tunes. Go figure.

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Poster: cream-puff-war Date: Dec 12, 2008 12:30am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Nixon '68 Campaign Commercial w/ Jerry

you know it Dawg.

Nixon knew who Presley was, but surely didn't think Elvis represented the ideal entertainment standards for the youth - Up With People was more of what Dick had in mind.

Elvis was shucking and jiving all the way with that anti-drug rap... I heard they fired up a couple joints together in the Oval Office -
that's right, Dick was a pot head.

Elvis just wanted a DEA badge, which he eventually got, tho no psition went with it...

he supposedly flashed the badge on the tarmac once in order to stop a plane from taking off before he could board.

My dad was one of the many lawful yet outspoken citizens who's every move was noted in a thick file mainly compiled in the Nixon years.
Although the Freedom of Information Act declassified mountains of documents, the copies of the files sent to people requesting them were largely a lot of blacked out pages, revealing nothing that might reveal their secrets

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Poster: bluedevil Date: Dec 11, 2008 10:29pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Nixon '68 Campaign Commercial w/ Jerry